You may have seen the ads claiming a company can help you get all your medications for free. These sites may claim there are “secret” programs run by pharmaceutical companies that provide medicines for free – and only these sites know how to access them. Other sites may claim “for a low monthly fee” they can get you your medicines at no cost.

Let’s take a look at these claims and learn the truth.

First, there are no “secret” programs. Most pharmaceutical companies have patient assistance programs (PAPs). You can find out about them on the companies’ websites, drug-specific websites, or at NeedyMeds. Some even mention them in their television ads. These are the “secret” programs the website ads refer to. Nothing secret about them!

Second, despite claims made on websites, PAPs don’t help with every drug. Each pharma company decide which drugs to offer on their PAP. Some include all their drugs, others programs only include certain drugs. What’s rare is to find is a program that provides free generic medicines.

Third, not everyone is eligible. Each program has its own eligibility guidelines

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There are many companies that, for a fee, offer to help people apply to pharmaceutical patient assistance programs (PAPs). Some even show up when you do a Google search for “NeedyMeds” or words spelled close to “NeedyMeds.”

While some make reasonable claims, others seem to say if you pay them a fee they can get you any medicine for free. And some of the fees can pile up pretty quickly.

No PAP charges you to apply. Occasionally you’ll find one that has a copayment, but you should never pay upfront.

How complicated is it to apply to a PAP? The simple answer is “it depends on the program.” Just about every program has its own application. Some are very simple while others are a little more demanding. But this should never deter anyone from applying.

Horror stories abound about people who were duped by companies that help people apply to PAPs. What steps should you take to protect yourself from being ripped off?

There are websites where people describe the problems they encounter with companies such as:

Another way to find potential problems is just to Google the company name with the word “complaints.”

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By now, many of loyal users have probably noticed that we came out with a new website layout in January. We did not change the content of the website, but have updated the layout, navigation, resource names and descriptions. Above all, we did this to make it easier for you to find help you are looking for. Read on to learn about how we refreshed our look and how to find the same resources you’ve come to depend on in the past seventeen years.

How Did We Improve the Website? General Improvements:

— • Made it more intuitive for new users and regular users alike.

— • Reorganized categories of information to make it easier to quickly find the appropriate type of assistance.

— • Improved the descriptions of resources, making them clearer and easier to understand.

How else Did We Improve the Website? Some Specific Improvements to Look Out For:

—•  All of our resource links are now all along the top bar, rather than along the side and top.

—•  On our homepage we now have announcements, so you’ll never miss a thing, as well as a slider featuring some of our special services.

•—  The NeedyMeds drug discount card and

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